«pl.it / rassegna italiana di argomenti polacchi», 13, 2022, pp. 82-99
DOI: 10.57616/PLIT_2022_06

Magdalena Graf

Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

“Moje imię to milion” – onimiczna lektura prozy Olgi Tokarczuk

“My name is a million” - an onimic reading of Olga Tokarczuk's prose

ABSTRACT. This article examines proper nouns in the works of Olga Tokarczuk. I analyse critical assumptions of literary onomastics and try to understand to what extent the onimic layer of the works of the Polish Nobel laureate can be considered as a system. The cited examples of literary proper names appearing in selected Tokarczuk novels allow us to understand the individual features of naming (especially the use of capital letters and the creation of individual descriptors) as well as the way this is rooted in the broader context of literature, culture, science and history, which also influence the use of proper names in the author’s works. The theories put forward by Italian literary historian Franco Moretti provide a complementary analytical framework.

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